mayjailer (mayjailer) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Michael Jackson's former spiritual advisor believes "devastating" claims made in 'Leaving Neverland'

Orthodox Jewish rabbi Shmuel "Shmuley" Boteach befriended Michael Jackson in the early 1990s and became his unofficial spiritual advisor.

• Boteach vehemently defended documented antisemite Jackson against suggestions that his relationships with children were "anything other than wholesome."

• In 2001, Boteach had a falling out with Jackson, which resulted in him being added to the singer's "list of enemies" (other names on the list, brought to light following Jackson's death in 2009, included music mogul Tommy Mottola, psychic Uri Geller, and Santa Barbara district attorney Tom Sneddon).

In a new interview for Australian television, Boteach called the allegations leveled against his former friend by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in Leaving Neverland "devastating, painful, and traumatizing," adding he believes the two men and that "there will now have to be a fundamental reassessment of the legacy of Michael Jackson, in light of [the] documentary."

Tags: celebrity reactions, film - documentary, michael jackson / jackson family, religion, sensitive content, sexual misconduct
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